Can We Know The Date of the End Times?
“… He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness …” (Acts 17:31).
Many of us agree that a new level of darkness has settled on the hills of the earth. This century began with the phantom fear of Y2K, entered into the nether-regions of 9/11, and was swallowed by an Economic Famine that grips our land still today.
As the Earth enters into trials that the current generation has not foreseen–a noticeable incline of natural disasters, widespread economic failure, an increase in sickness and disease, nuclear threats, and a rise in multi-tiered wars–some will arise who claim to know the exact date of the End of Days when our Lord Jesus will return as Redeemer and Judge.
It appears as though our governments have been beheaded by Goliath-sized corporations like BP, that our politicians are fattened by the daily bread of special interest groups, and that natural disasters arrive one after the other without warning. We have now more clearly begun to understand that even our own nuclear power plants threaten our safety at home. God has shown that He is in charge.
Truly, the “days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
Many events point to the fact that we have drawn closer to the End of Days when Jesus, our Lord, will return to judge the Earth and separate true believers from those who wear religion like a garment and the faithful from the unrepentant.
God will one day reconcile the entire fallen Creation to Himself through the Sacrifice and subsequent Resurrection of His Son, and create a New Heaven and a New Earth (Revelation 21:1) … but of that day and hour, Scripture teaches, no one knows, not even the Son:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is” (Matthew 13:32-33).
Even Jesus did not know the date of the Destruction and Re-Birth to come. It wasn’t even revealed to our Savior, the Son of God, let alone to some man or woman of today who claims to know the End of Days. Some claim to have calculated such dates from the Bible itself or to have received this knowledge by special revelation as God’s End-Time Prophets.
False prophets abound as we draw closer to that formidable Date, but we must keep the words of Peter the Apostle in mind, when he says that Christ will come suddenly, as a “thief in the night”, when we least expect it:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9); we do not need to claim new knowledge for ourselves or teach new revelations. We cannot go ‘beyond’ Christianity or the Bible, as some try to do to line their pockets with the wealth of book sales. Our mission is to preach the original Gospel as taught by Jesus and the Apostles. The Truth of God ought to be spoken in simplicity. Yes, there are prophets in the land; the Word of God says that in the Last Days, God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh and “Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17)–but God’s prophets will never contradict or speak against the Word of God.
The Two Sources of Prophesy
There are two sources of prophecy: One is from God and the Holy Spirit, and the other is from Satan and the flesh. God’s prophets utter words from the very mouth of God, while false teachers utter their words from the depths of Hell. There is no way to blunt this truth. So-called prophets and wise men, discerners of the Bible, teachers of God’s Word who claim knowledge of the End Date will always be proven false, because that is what the Scriptures teach; “by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20).
One thing you can count on when someone claims to know the world’s last day: that he is either a liar, or he is ensnared by the devil to do his will. But what are we to do? What does the Word of God instruct us? “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping” (Mark 13:35-36).
We are to live each day as though it is the End, hoping and praying for Christ’s Return daily. If you knew that today would signal the return of God, how would you spend your hours? Would you work late in the office or on the computer or rather redeem the time by loving your neighbor and telling them of the King’s return? If anything, hopefully you won’t find yourself updating your Facebook status or glued to a laptop! Time for me to go preach the Gospel!